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Published: Saturday, 17 Sep 2011
By: Harry Rocheville

The Palm Beach Junior Hawks began their season with a trip to Chesapeake, Virginia to open the year with a two game set against EJHL South rival the Hampton Roads Junior Whalers.   The Hawks split the weekend series with the Whalers losing the first game and winning the second game.

The first game played Friday night saw the Hawks fall 5 - 3 in a penalty filled affair with 31 total penalties, 15 against the Hawks and 16 against the Whalers.  The Whalers were able to capitalize on three of their eight power play opportunities scoring three goals on 5 on 3 situations.   Despite the penalties the Hawks played a pretty good game after the long bus ride. 

Getting in the point column for the Hawks were Myckauley Melanson with a goal and two assists, P. J. Heffernin and Casey Martens each had a goal.  Kyle Taylor and Jimmy Williams had a helper each.   Brad Rocheville had a solid outing stopping 32 of 37 shots. 

In game two on Saturday night there was some chippie play on both sides with 20 penalties called in the affair, 9 against the Hawks and 11 against the Whalers.   The Hawks were able to capitalize on 5 of 9 power play opportunities and net a shorthanded goal to go on to an 8 - 4 victory.  

The Hawks first period goal scoring summery consisted of a power play goal at 10:04 by Matt Hartman assisted by Jake Fairchild and Derek Kessler.  A shorthanded goal at 17:05 by Jake Fairchild, the goal was unassisted.  To round off the scoring in the first P. J. Hefferin netted the Hawks second power play goal of the period from Marcus McSweeney and John Amberfe with 51 seconds remaining.

In the second period the Whalers scored two quick goals 13 seconds apart to tie the score at 3.   However, Jimmy Williams scored the Hawks third power play goal with 54 seconds left in the period, Jake Fairchild and Derek Kessler assisted in the goal.

In the third period the Hawks opened up the scoring thirty seconds in to the period with an unassisted goal by Kyle Taylor that would be the eventual game winner.   At 9:48 of the period Riley Egan scored the Hawks fourth power play goal, assisted by Greg Soltes and Derek Blanchard.  At 14:53 the Whalers netted their fourth and final tally.  At 16:24 of the period Myckauly Melanson scored the Hawks sixth goal of the game assisted by Greg Soltes and Riley Egan.   The Hawks final goal of the contest was a power play goal at 17:25 of the period scored by P.J. Hefferin, assisted by Derek Kessler and Jake fair child.

Matthew Palella got the Hawks in the win column by stopping32 of the 36 shots that he faced in goal.   The Hawks got strong play from Fairchild, Hefferin, Kessler and Soltes.

After the game the Hawks embarked on the second link on their trip to Wake Forest, North Carolina to face off against the East Coast Eagles over the Labor Day weekend. 

In Sunday's game against the East Coast Eagles the Hawks opened the scoring at 4:39 of the first period with a power play goal by Kyle Taylor assisted by Jake Fairchild. At 9:13 of the period the East Coast Eagles tied it up at one and a minute later took the lead on a go ahead goal by Chris Santaniello who would go on to score five goals in the contest.   At 12:27 of the period Kyle Taylor scored his second of the game for the Hawks with P.J. Hefferin and Joe Labonte getting an assist on the goal.  The second period was all East Coast Eagles, the Eagles tallied five unanswered goals to take a commanding 7 -2 lead.   The Hawks opened the scoring in the third period at 1:06 with a power play goal scored by Jake Fairchild and assisted by Jimmy Williams and P.J. Hefferin.  The Eagles finished the scoring on the day with two more unanswered goals.   Evan Benz took the loss in net for the Hawks.   Kyle Taylor and Jake Fairchild and P.J. Hefferin had a solid game for the Hawks at the offensive end of the ice.

In the Labor Day game the East Coast Eagles opened the scoring at 9:12 of the first period with a one timer from the point past the Hawks net minder.  From that point on the Hawks looked like an entirely different team than the one that showed or didn't show up to play Sunday night.   The Hawks got on the board at 17:02 of the first with a goal by Matt Hartman, assisted by Casey Mertens and Greg Soltes.  This would be the first of five unanswered goals for the Hawks. 

The game would remain tied 1 - 1 for most of the second period.  Brad Rocheville was strong between the pipes for the Hawks.  Rocheville made some big stops with the game tied. There were several odd man rushes and breakaways that were denied by Rocheville, he made key stops when he had to, to keep the Hawks in the game.  At 9:40 of the second period Matt Hartman scored his second goal of the game assisted by Riley Egan and Myckauly Melanson.  This would be the only goal scored in the period.

The Hawks would open the scoring in the third period with an unassisted goal scored by Myckauly Melanson at 2:57.  Less than a minute later Kyle Taylor put the Hawks up 4 -1, assisted by Jimmy Williams and P. J. Hefferin.   The Taylor goal would prove to be the game winner.  At 8:37 of the period Riley Egan would tally an unassisted goal that would conclude the Hawks offensive barrage.   The Eagles finally got two past Rocheville late in the third period to make it a 5 - 3 game.  Rocheville got the win in goal for the Hawks.

The Hawks concluded the road trip with a respectable record of two wins and two losses.  The record puts the Hawks a top of the EJHL South standing in the young season.   At the end of the weekend the Hawks had six players ranked in the top ten in scoring;

POS

PLAYER

G

ASST

PTS

F

PJ HEFFERIN

3

3

6

F

MCKAULLY MELANSON

3

3

6

D

JAKE FAIRCHILD

2

4

6

F

KYLE TAYLOR

4

1

5

F

RILEY EGAN

2

2

4

F

JIMMY WILLIAMS

1

3

4

 

The Hawks play their home opener on Saturday, September 17, 2011 at 8:00 PM at the Palm Beach Ice Zone against the Space Coast Hurricanes.  They also play the Hurricanes on Sunday at the Ice Zone at 1:00 PM.  This promises to be a great home opener for the Hawks who are getting balanced scoring and solid goaltending.  The lines are starting to jell and good things are  happening.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 






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